This week, In Focus takes a look at the retail pharmacy impacts of medication shortages, as well as how doctors are managing care for their patients — wrapping things up with a deeper examination into the causes and possible solutions for the current drug crunch. JoDee Kenney is joined by Patrick Penfield, Professor of Supply Chain Practice at Syracuse University, who weighs the impact of factory output vs. logistics as driving factors of the shortage. He discusses the American pharmaceutical industry’s outsourcing of drugs from overseas, and the impact of this practice on the supply chain. Penfield also discusses how the shortage is affecting different communities across the urban-rural divide in different ways, as well as its effects on a global level. 

You can watch the full interview with Professor of Supply Chain Practice at Syracuse University Patrick Penfield in the video player above, or on the Spectrum News App. And be sure to tune in for a look inside the biggest issues impacting Upstate New York, on In Focus with JoDee Kenney — every Sunday on Spectrum News 1.